Blog | Friday, May 23, 2008

Hypertensive patients should check BP at home

Hypertensive patients should take regular blood pressure readings at home, according to a new scientific statement by the American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Patients whose readings are high in the doctor's office should take home measurements at least 12 times a week; this will help physicians make treatment decisions. Patients should also bring their monitors to the office to make sure the devices work and they are doing the readings correctly. Arm-cuff devices are preferred over other kinds, like wrist devices, the statement said.